AMVETS is a Congressionally charted veterans organization dedicated to veterans, families, communities, and the United States.

AMVETS traces its history back to World War II when returning veterans began organizing independent clubs. In 1944, Colliers magazine published a special Veterans' Day issue to promote the clubs and their mutual aims: to promote world peace, to preserve the American way of life and to help veterans to help themselves. A month later, representatives of nine veterans' clubs met in Kansas City and forges a National organization - American Veterans of World War II. The term "AMVETS" was coined by a newspaper reporter to fit a headline and adopted by the veterans as their official name. In 1946 AMVETS petitioned Congress for a federal charter which was granted and signed into law by President Truman on July 23, 1947.

Since then, the original charter has been amended several time to broaden eligibility criteria. Today, in recognition of the sacrifices made by all veterans and service personnel, membership available to all honorably discharged veterans who served on active duty, in the National Guard, Reserves, U.S. Coast Guard, and wartime U.S. Merchant Marine at any time after September 15, 1940. Service men and women currently on active duty are also eligible.

AMVETS National Service Officers accredited by the V.A. provide free expert advice and claims assistance to veterans and their families. AMVETS maintains an active legislative program and is a recognized presence on Capitol Hill.

AMVETS hospital volunteers contribute thousands of hours to brighten the lives of hospitalized veterans. Our National Service Foundation donates thousands of dollars to Veterans Administration Medical Centers for medical equipment and supplies. AMVETS actively supports Americanism, scholarships, driver safety, blood drives, organ donor programs, Paws with a Cause and the Special Olympics.

As AMVETS begins its sixth decade of service, AMVETS will continue Serving with Pride the veterans, their country, their communities and their families.

AMVETS Constitution

We, the American Veterans who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States during and since World War II, fully realizing our responsibilities to our community, to our state, and to our nation, associate ourselves for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, to safeguard the principles of freedom, liberty, and justice for all; to promote the cause of peace and good will among the nations; to maintain inviolate the freedom of our country; to preserve the fundamentals of democracy; to perpetuate the friendship and associations of these veterans; and to dedicate ourselves to the cause of mutual assistance, this by the Grace of God.

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